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Mendelssohn: Song Without Words, Books 5-8 / Ronald Brautigam, piano

Album Summary

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words, Op. 62 no 5, Venetian Gondola Song
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in F major (dedicated to Doris Loewe)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in D major (incomplete)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Vier Lieder
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Kinderstücke (6) for piano ("Christmas Pieces"), Op. 72
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in E flat major
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sostenuto for piano in F major
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ronald Brautigam, piano During the early 19th century a number of composers began to write in new genres inspired by literature: Chopin's Ballades, Schumann's Novelletten and, later, Liszt's symphonic poems are all examples of this Romantic urge to create works that transcend the divide between Felix Mendelssohn invented a genre of his own, when he presented his sister Fanny with a 'song without words' for her birthday. He went on to compose a large number of such Lieder ohne Worte and published no less than six sets of six pieces each. These became immensely popular with amateur and professional pianists, as well as with their respective audiences. Mendelssohn's death in 1847 did not affect the huge demand for the pieces, and the publisher Simrock soon issued another two sets, compiled from pieces that the composer had set aside for later publication. Mendelssohn himself supplied a few of the songs with more or less descriptive subtitles, but his aim was not to tell an existing story in music instead of words, but rather to communicate something that could only be conveyed through music. To Mendelssohn, music was more exact than language - in his own words: 'the music I love expresses ideas that are not too vague to be captured in words, but on the contrary too precise.' When Ronald Brautigam's recording of Books 1-4 was released in 2012, the reviewer in International Record Review wrote: 'One could scarcely hope for performances more vivid or poetic than these.' This second volume includes the last four published sets of Lieder ohne Worte, as well as a number of other piano miniatures. Brautigam performs them on the same instrument as on the previous disc, a copy by Paul McNulty after a piano from 1830 by Ignaz Pleyel, preserved at Musée de la musique in Paris.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
The variety of tangy colours he conjures from the instrument really is the aural equivalent of removing a century of dirt from an oil painting... if, like me, you have an irrational aversion to the fortepiano, Brautigam might well change your mind. It is fascinating to hear such familiar music much as Mendelssohn himself might have heard it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Österåker Church, Sweden (08/2014).



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Works Details

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 5, Op. 62
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without words, vol 3, Op. 38
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 7, Op. 85
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 06/09/1834-08/19/1845.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs without Words (6) for piano, Book 8, Op. 102
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 02/04/1841-12/12/1845.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words, Op. 62 no 5, Venetian Gondola Song
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 01/24/1841.
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 01/24/1841

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in F major (dedicated to Doris Loewe)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in D major (incomplete)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 01/19/1843

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Vier Lieder
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 05/01/1830

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Song Without Words for piano in E flat major (incomplete)
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1830-1845

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Kinderstücke (6) for piano ("Christmas Pieces"), Op. 72
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: circa 06/1842

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andante for piano in E flat major
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1842

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Sostenuto for piano in F major
  • Performer: Ronald Brautigam (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 06/1842